Interview with Mike Vecchione, Curator of Cephalopoda — now that’s a job title — at the Smithsonian Museum of National History.

One reason they’re so interesting is they are intelligent invertebrates. Almost everything that we think of as being intelligent — parrots, dolphins, etc. — are vertebrates, so their brains are built on the same basic structure. Whereas cephalopod brains have evolved from a ring of nerves around the esophagus. It’s a form of intelligence that’s completely independent from ours.

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